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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Friday, 8 October 2021) . . Page.. 3029 ..


design and development outcomes for the Molonglo group centre. I want to reassure residents of Molonglo Valley and Weston Creek that I am doing everything I can to achieve a successful outcome on the prompt delivery of quality shopping facilities, commercial services and community facilities in Molonglo Valley.

I thank Minister Gentleman for his continued commitment to land use and planning outcomes in the Molonglo Valley and for the community. I will continue working with colleagues, stakeholders and community members until this is resolved and into the future.

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (3.35): The Greens are pleased to support this motion in its amended form. It highlights the consultation and the planning and design we would like to see in development in the years to come. We need transparency and we need good design principles in our planning.

There is a major planning review underway in the ACT. This is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to examine our planning system and determine whether our current laws and processes are working for a growing Canberra and whether they are working during our climate emergency. It is an opportunity to ensure our future planning system delivers development of high building quality that is environmentally sustainable and that preserves our green spaces and our natural amenity.

The design review panel is a joint initiative of the ACT government and the National Capital Authority. It provides a citywide design review panel process before a development application is lodged. This panel has experts in planning, design and development, and it offers a really efficient and consistent approach to delivering independent, confidential design advice for big development proposals across Canberra.

I think it is great that EPSDD asked for feedback and received it from the design review panel. That is a voluntary step. It is a voluntary service for development proposals, and they are not required to do that under law. I applaud the use of the design review panel for major projects like this one, as I think it will lead to better outcomes.

The Molonglo Valley commercial centre will be the major commercial hub for Molonglo Valley and it will contain commercial, retail, residential and community facilities. It has been in planning for a while. In the meantime, the residents in Molonglo have relied on services in surrounding areas.

The design review panel made a number of important points about what this commercial centre should look like. They provided some really sound recommendations, and whilst they are raised in the context of Molonglo, these should apply to all future developments. We want to ensure that any development on greenfield land is of good quality and incorporates best practice and sustainable, well planned design and development. We need early consultation with Indigenous traditional custodians to help shape our development. By considering and integrating Indigenous site history and cultural narratives, we have an opportunity to


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